I have been criticized for not respecting the office and yet, shouldn’t respect be earned by holding oneself to a higher standard than the rest of us? More importantly, shouldn’t the president be leading by example? The fact that the discussion is about whether Trump is under criminal investigation, rather than about policy, tells you everything you need to know about the Trump presidency thus far.
The Trump surrogates are blaming the Trump resistance and the left for trying to derail the Trump administration. They accuse the Democrats of being obstructionists. Lost in the narrative is the fact that Congress is dominated by the Republicans – the party that Trump leads. But somehow, that is not enough for Donald Trump to push forth his agenda. Why is that?
The better question is why does it matter that the GOP controls the Congress when you have a narrative about whether the president is under criminal investigation or not. Even if you accept that there is conspiracy against Trump, it cannot account for the simple fact that Trump has been unable to get Congress, whose party he heads, to enact any of his promised agenda items. Instead it has become a blame game where little facts like the Democrats simply do not have the numbers in Congress to block all of Trump’s agendas is conveniently ignored.
It is not as if Trump’s signature agenda items aren’t on the Republican wish list. The Republicans want nothing better than to repeal ObamaCare. They have been promising it since it became law. Yet, it still languishes in the Senate. Tax reform is nothing more than a rough draft that has yet to be articulated enough to start the discussion about public policy. Forget the wall or the travel ban. The Republicans are running as far away as possible from them.
Trump promised to end NAFTA but so far nothing but a whimper from him about renegotiating it is all the voters have received from him.
The fact that the dialog is about whether Trump is under criminal investigation tells us all we need to know. It tells us that not even the Republicans have enough trust in their president to help him enact at least one of his promised policy items.
Everyone, including the Republicans are just waiting for the next shoe to fall about Donald Trump. They are biding their time for that moment when most of the Republicans will collectively move to impeach their president before they face the voters again.
That is the underlining truth that Donald Trump wishes you did not know.